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modem problem on mandrake 9.0

Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2002 12:30 pm
by metalione

i had winxp instlalled. i had 1 blank partition which i had saved for linux. i bought mandrake cds from rainbow centre and installed it. when i forst installed it the cd got stuck and after repeated trials i installed mandrake but with some packages missing. i installed the hsfmodem driver and the modem worked fine under kppp. gnome didnt work.

then i got another cd and installed linux after formating ext3 partition. this time round after i installed the modemdriver . it doesnt work.

according to the listmod app my modem is a smarthsf modem. according to harware list and, this modem is not reported to work.

what can i do

thanks for any help in advance


Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2002 5:01 pm
by AsadR
*** ADMIN NOTE ***

i think this is like the 4th modem driver question i've seen in the little amount of time i've been reading posts in this forum. it would be nice if everyone got to see


Which helps new users with their modems in Linux.
It would be nice if you (the admin) could make this post sticky or something so everyone can see it. Infact, I'd go as far as to say that you should create a seperate forum dedicated to dealing with modem problems in Linux.


Posted: Fri Dec 13, 2002 8:31 pm
by Guest
thanks asadR but thank document is a little out dated and it didnt help.


Posted: Sat Dec 14, 2002 12:37 pm
by AsadR
what's your "lspci" output?

Posted: Sat Dec 14, 2002 7:53 pm
by Metalione
I have determined the problem. Everytime i reboot the machine the link

/dev/modem > /dev/ttySHSF0

is over written. and the link goes back to

/dev/modem > /dev/tty0

how can i stop this from happening everytime i reboot???

farhan Ali

Posted: Sat Dec 14, 2002 8:56 pm
by newbie
echo "ln -s /dev/ttySHCF0 /dev/modem" >> /etc/rc.d/rc.local

Posted: Mon Dec 16, 2002 12:54 am
by AsadR
That's an odd fix considering that it's probably one of the other lines in one of the rc.* files that's actually doing the re-sym-linking. If you're using RedHat (if i remember correctly) it uses some silly hardware configurator/checker which is probably re-sym-linking the modem, or it's probably one of the device configuration scripts. If you really want to find out, do:

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egrep -rn /dev/modem /etc/rc.d/init.d/*

This should point out which file in the startup scripts is changing the symlink after every reboot. You can probably comment it out or change it to the correct device.


Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2002 1:53 am
by Metalione
No use asad ... no file in init.d had an /dev/modem entry!!!